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Estelle Busch

1914–2006

Estelle Busch, who served as executive director of Synthaxis Theatre Company for 28 years, died March 15 of a heart attack in her Los Angeles home. She was 91.

Busch was an actor, writer, director, and teacher in the L.A. theatre community for more than 50 years. A founder of the Los Angeles Theatre Alliance and Women in Theatre, she is credited with helping to create Equity-waiver theatre.

She co-wrote three one-woman shows—Window Panes, A Woman's Place, and Failure Is Impossible—and she directed productions that emphasized youth, women, and seniors throughout her years at Synthaxis in North Hollywood.

She received many awards and honors, including a proclamation from the L.A. City Council and a lifetime achievement award from the Valley Theatre League. Councilman Tom LaBonge selected her as Pioneer Woman of the Year in 2003.

A memorial service will be held April 30 at 1 p.m. at the Valley Cities Jewish Community Center, 13164 Burbank Blvd., Studio City. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Synthaxis Theatre Company, P.O. Box 5217, North Hollywood, CA 91616.

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